While some people are going to just pass this lesson over, it’s important. Not everyone has a job that requires wearing a tie on a daily basis, but I’m willing to bet that you will wear a tie at some point. Whether it’s a wedding or some random special event, that tie is gonna find itself around your neck and you better be ready.
Whether you consider it a noose or a flag of power, it’s the primary statement you can make about yourself. Not only should you choose carefully, but you gotta make sure you wear it right.
Now there’s going to be a couple attitudes guys take towards wearing a tie. Some are going to see it as an opportunity to shine. They’re going to take full advantage of it and coordinate their gear to match up with that tie. They’re going to choose ties, and not just inherit grandpa’s old stash. These are the sharp guys.
Then you have people who are going to rebel. They think the tie was invented by a woman to choke us into submission or something. Hell, maybe they’re right, but you might as well make the most of it. Don’t just go to K-mart and grab a handful of ties off the $5 rack and call it a day. Don’t get me wrong, price isn’t really a factor in choosing ties. I just bought a few $10 ties and they work great. The key is choosing a tie based on shirts you own. I made a recent mistake of buying a tie before I had a shirt for it, now I’ll probably pick up another shirt.
You can have the most coordinated tie/clothing combo ever, but it won’t mean jack if you wear it sloppy. Button the neck button, pull the tie tight enough to sit in its place.
Also, try to keep it clean. If you gotta flip it over your shoulder while you eat, then go for it. Nothing takes the edge off your look like being dirty.
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